2016-06-16 / Around Town

Successes Celebrated at Senior Center

Penny Fitch, EKH Executive Director Carmela Geer, and Lynne Glickman Penny Fitch, EKH Executive Director Carmela Geer, and Lynne Glickman The Edward King House hosted its annual meeting and spring luncheon on Tuesday, June 14, honoring those dedicated to the organization. For over 45 years, the Edward King House Senior Center has offered a variety of classes and programming to seniors aged 50 and older in the Newport community.

Penny Fitch was named the Edward King House Senior Center 2016 Volunteer of the Year. Fitch is the newly-elected board chair of the Edward King House and is an avid proponent of senior health and community development. She also sits on a number of committees and organizations, including the Health Equity Zone. In her words, “Helping others and being a positive influence continues to lead me in the direction of my goals in life.”

The next honoree, Lynne Glickman, was named as a 2016 Champion for Seniors. Glickman started teaching yoga at the Edward King House in early 2013. Recognizing the need for more programming, Glickman, who has been practicing yoga for more than 20 years, expanded the yoga offerings to four classes. She also teaches yoga at the Senior Center in Jamestown and the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center.

Blenheim Newport, a senior living facility in Middletown, was also honored as a Champion for Seniors. Blenheim Newport has now partnered with the Edward King House for three years. Some of the work Blenheim has done includes providing monthly pasta dinners and sponsoring free arts and cultural events for seniors.

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